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NHS should target risky drinkers, says think-tank


More than a quarter of men are “risky drinkers” who have an increased chance of developing cancer, liver disease and mental health problems, a study has suggested.

More should be done to target this category, who breach the safety limits without getting drunk or binge drinking, according to the report ‘From One To Many’, published by the 2020health think-tank.

It suggests 26% of men regularly consume “one too many”, compared with just 18% of women.

And it claims the NHS could save £124m by stepping up action to address the issue, with effective interventions costing as little as £15 per patient.

A 10-minute advisory session with a doctor or nurse can reduce alcohol consumption by up to five units a week.


Readers' comments (4)

  • Huh? Target them HOW exactly?

    What should be done exactly?

    A little more detail please NT??!!!?!

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  • adults should take responsibility for their own habits and unhealthy behaviour for their own benefits and the damaging effect on other individuals and on society. there is no lack of information on the dangers of poor drinking habits.

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  • Anonymous | 31-Oct-2011 2:01 pm
    If only life was that simple. Some, maybe most, of these people have had some hardship in their lives to seek some form of escapism. I don't condone alcohol abuse, or any other for that matter, but surviving what life can through at you is not straight-forward.

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  • add to above, you can't treat level of alcohol consumption without treating the cause.

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